Dell Technologies had announced an investment of US$50 million (S$66 million) spread over three years in the establishment of a Global Innovation Hub (GIH) in Singapore. Of that planned investment, US$23 million (S$30 million) will be invested this year. These investments will go towards accelerating developments in digital experiences and R&D capabilities.
The partnership aims to accelerate the adoption of digital solutions and drive digital innovations for the country to be future-ready.
Coming just after last week’s budget announcement in which Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat espoused a desire for the country to build newer capabilities for people and businesses, the GIH, under Dell’s Digital Future – Made in Singapore initiative, aims to accelerate the adoption of digital solutions and drive digital innovations for the country to be future-ready.
The first-of-its-kind innovation centre that is situated outside of the company’s global headquarters in the United States, the GIH will help contribute to Singapore’s pursuit of building new capabilities as it focuses on advancing multiple growth areas for digital transformation including augmented/mixed reality, data analytics, cloud-native, cybersecurity, edge computing. It is also home to a specialised team responsible for enhancing user experiences through innovation.
In addition, the GIH houses existing R&D facilities in Singapore like the Singapore Design Centre – responsible for global product design and development of key product categories such as monitors and client peripherals. It also includes a hardware prototyping lab dedicated to product design and innovation, and an AI Experience Zone – a catalyst for AI understanding and adoption.
The establishment of this hub has already created more than 160 job opportunities in emerging technologies in Singapore. Diverse R&D innovators comprising designers, developers and strategists will be recruited and the hiring process will be completed by this year. All new hires for the GIH will be based in Singapore and will drive R&D programmes for customers and partners worldwide.
Amit Midha, President, Asia Pacific & Japan and Global Digital Cities, Dell Technologies, says Singapore’s status as an R&D hub made it an ideal location.
Amit Midha, President, Asia Pacific & Japan and Global Digital Cities, Dell Technologies, said: “Singapore is globally recognised as an internationally vibrant business, technology and thriving R&D hub. Our Digital Future - Made in Singapore initiative further supports Singapore’s unique standing by driving digital innovations developed in Singapore to the world. We’re very excited to unveil our global innovation hub as part of this initiative that will allow us to ideate, experiment and co-create meaningful digital solutions for our global customer and partner ecosystem.
“The Dell Technologies Global Innovation Hub in Singapore supported by talented local professionals will allow us to further contribute to the country’s growth and develop innovative products and solutions in emerging technologies to serve the wider regional and global markets.”
Last year, the Singapore government announced an investment of S$25 billion into its next five-year plan for research, innovation and enterprise (RIE 2025) to meet a broader spectrum of national needs and build a knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy and society.
“Dell Technologies’ Global Innovation Hub speaks to the company’s confidence in Singapore as an attractive R&D location, with access to talent and a vibrant ecosystem of partners here and in the region. Dell Technologies will create meaningful jobs for Singaporeans across design, strategy, research and product development. These in turn support our efforts in building a Smart Nation and a strong digital economy,” said Ang Chin Tah, Vice President and Head, Digital Industry Singapore (DISG).